Two kids sitting in blue kayaks on the water, smiling as they lift their paddles above their heads.
McDowell Nature Preserve (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)


We are postponing our second round of Meck Playbook public workshops

March 16, 2020

In light of the local, state, and federal restrictions for mass public gatherings due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is postponing all planned public meetings and presentations until further notice. Our meetings and presentations will be rescheduled when it is safe for us meet again in large groups and gather your input on ways to continue to improve and expand our park and recreation offerings. We will notify residents of rescheduled dates through the County’s calendar here.

Thank you for your patience and wash your hands!

Join Us March 19, 20 or 21 for our second round of workshops!

March 11, 2020

Join us for games and free food and share your visions for the future of your parks, greenways, and programs! We will share analysis findings, a draft vision, and initial opportunities for improvements and enhancements to parks, facilities, trails and programs. This will be an opportunity to gather feedback and input from community members. All community members are encouraged to participate, regardless of attendance at the first round of public meetings.

We look forward to seeing you!

March 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Beatties Ford Library
2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte

March 20 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Ave, Cornelius

March 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 Idlewild Road North, Charlotte

Welcome to Meck Playbook!

November 15, 2019

We hope you can join us for our adventure fests next week, November 20 to 21. If you can’t join us, leave us a comment on the website and sign up for updates.

In addition to public meetings, the project team will also hold focus groups, community surveys and engaging events across Mecklenburg County with residents, neighborhood and business organizations, existing and potential partners, elected officials, park and environmental advocacy organizations, and regulatory agencies. 

As part of the first phase of the planning effort Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will be conducting its 2020 Community Survey during the month of December. It will be administered by the nationally recognized ETC Institute via phone, mail and the Internet/email. 

Approximately 800 Mecklenburg County households will be chosen at random to participate in the survey. This quantity of households is needed in order to obtain a sufficient sample that represents the views and perceptions of the entire community. Selected households will have the opportunity to complete the survey by mail, e-mail or phone. 

The survey will ask residents about their level of satisfaction and priorities for a wide range of park and recreation services. It will take participants approximately 15 minutes to complete a survey. All respondent information will remain confidential.

The survey results will be presented to the Department early in 2020, and then made available to the public during our next series of public meetings. Park and Recreation Department Director Lee Jones stated, “The purpose of the survey is gather feedback on county-wide Park and Recreation open spaces, programs and services. It will be a valuable tool used to measure the progress our master plan’s priorities and help plan for the future. Actively engaging residents will help identify areas where we can improve. I look forward the community’s feedback and the myriad ways their satisfaction with the system and their needs for their parks will inform our decisions.”

For survey updates and results, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @MeckParkRec and Instagram @meckparkrec.

Recent tweets

Following clarification/guidance that was released over the weekend regarding the Mecklenburg County Stay At Home Order, all Park and Rec sport courts are now closed. More info about what is allowed can be found in the “Outdoor Activity” section here:

To comply with Mecklenburg County’s stay-at-home proclamation now in effect, all playgrounds are closed to the public! To learn more go to this link: or visit

Need to get outside? 🌳

@MeckCounty parks, greenways and nature preserves are open for use by the public. Reminders: stay off playground equipment, refrain from gathering in groups larger than ten, and stay at least 6 feet away from other park-goers.

Project Timeline

The 18-month plan development process has just begun! Below is a timeline with project milestones and goals for each step of the plan’s development.

  1. Phase 1 (Discovery)
    The first phase of Meck Playbook will begin with a review of plans previously created for the County and initial conversations with key stakeholders and initial public engagement.
  2. We are here

    Phase 2 (Inventory)
    Meck Playbook will take inventory each of the system’s parks, nature preserves, greenways, trails and facilities, and research current asset access, demographic and recreation trends, and environmental systems.
  3. Phase 3 (Envision)
    The Playbook will focus on developing initial ideas, goals and future septs that will add up to a cohesive vision.
  4. Phase 4 (Implementation)
    The master plan vision needs to be actionable and comprehensive. This phase of the plan will take the vision and goals and pair them with a series of recommendations that are prioritized as part of an implementation strategy.

Plan Presentations and Reports

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time, check back soon or sign up here to receive updates!

A woman playing pickleball on a blue court.
Two people playing pickleball on a blue court.

Queens University Tennis Complex at Marion Diehl Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

Past Events

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews

November 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
2425 Sports Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105

Revolution Park Sports Academy

November 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Hornet’s Nest Williamson Pavilion

November 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
See all past events
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park with several people in the background.
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park.

Clark’s Creek Community Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)